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7 unconventional cruises for your bucket list

By: Josh Lew on Feb. 25, 2013, 3:54 p.m.
Celebrity Xpedition cruise in Galapagos

Photo: Celebrity Cruises

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Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands have been enchanting nature-lovers since they gained notoriety thanks to famed naturalist Charles Darwin. Celebrity Cruises, known for its bigger ships, also offers a smaller-ship cruise to the Galapagos Islands. The Celebrity “Xpedition” offers a classic cruising experience, and its smaller size makes for a more social, quiet and comfortable cruise. There is still plenty of pampering on this expedition cruiser (think gourmet meals, spa treatments, and health and fitness facilities). It also offers regular lectures and information sessions by onboard naturalists. But the star of the expedition to the Galapagos is the unique wildlife that has so enthralled nature-lovers and biologists. Onshore excursions offer the chance to view penguins, sea birds, seals, iguanas and giant turtles.